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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Open Mic

Spring break is about over and time is getting nearer for the return to the classroom and my students. During this time period, I think the students develop something like jet lag. The last five weeks of the semester can be the roughest in not knowing what to expect from the students. During the second semester of my first year of teaching, I was unprepared for the lack of school interests the students had after spring break. It was harder getting the students to focus on everyday school work all over again. Furthermore, the seniors got the disease, senioritis. But, I now believe I am better prepared to handle this lack of interest from students for several reasons. First, I have received some great information and guidance from the instructors at N.T.I. Second, it is my third year teaching and I am a little bit wiser. Third, there is a good deal of interesting material and projects offered in my program to maintain the interest of my students. This has been a jam-packed year of learning. Thanks to all the Instructors involved with the N.T.I. program.

1 comment:

RS said...


An excellent post! It sounds like you have some good solutions for senioritis. For sure NTI has been most helpful. Senioritis can be very trying even for the most seasoned. Your wisdom, I am sure comes from more than your three years of teaching. I am sure that the contributions you are making will reach far into the future.